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Webinar: Intersectionality and health equity: Exploring opportunities for public health practice and policy

This webinar occured in English only. Cliquez ici pour le webinaire en français (13 decembre 2016).

Intersectionality is an approach that puts forward the idea that multiple social positions (e.g., age, culture, (dis)ability, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, immigrant status, race, sexual orientation, social class, and religion) intersect at the level of individual experience to reflect multiple interlocking/intersecting systems of privilege and oppression at the macro, social-structural level (e.g., racism, sexism, heterosexism). With its focus on multiple historically oppressed populations, alongside an explicit analysis and intervention on systems of power and privilege, intersectionality is a natural fit for equity-oriented public health practice and policy.

An intersectionality-based framework fosters a deep understanding of the lived experiences of marginalized populations and explores the complexities of health inequities.  Furthermore embracing intersectionality will help  practitioners better identify public health problems and generate meaningful and lasting solutions.

This webinar will introduce participants to the concept of intersectionality and discuss opportunities to incorporate intersectionality into the theory, design, analysis, and interpretation of public health actions to improve health equity. This will be of particular interest for those seeking to influence the structural determinants of health/causes-of-the-causes.

The presenters will discuss their understanding of intersectionality and how it can be applied in public health practice, policy and research focused on the social determinants of health and health equity. They will identify opportunities to better integrate an intersectional lens into various aspects of equity-oriented public health activity.


  • Natalie Clark, Violence Counsellor and Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Thompson Rivers University
  • Ruth Cameron, Executive Director, AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area
  • Samiya Abdi, Health promotion consultant, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Ontario
  • Dr. Olena Hankivsky, Professor & Director, Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy, Simon Fraser University


  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
  • Val Morrison, Research Officer, NCCHPP


Related Resources

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health and National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy. (2016). Public health speaks: Intersectionality and health equity. Antigonish, NS and Montreal, QC: Author.

Morrison, V. (2014). Health inequalities and intersectionality. Montréal, QC: National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy. 

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